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• C Grade Division 1
A CRACKING half century by youngster Joel
Brann has led Wonthaggi Club to a comfortable
victory in a one-dayer against Korumburra in C
Grade Division 1 at McMahon Reserve.
The Cobras batted first and posted 7/138,
thanks to Peter Churchill’s 57 not out including
Club opener Jack Sheerin (38 including six
fours) and Brann combined for a 65-run part-
nership for the third wicket to set up the win.
Brann remained 61 not out after hitting six
fours and two sixes, as Club chased down the
total in 29 overs.
Phillip Island’s 250 proved too much for
MDU at Dumbalk.
Spinner Pete Francis led the way with 4/11
off 10 overs including two maidens and Andrew
Tolley nabbed 2/26 off 11 overs, as MDU were
reduced to 7/161 off 60 overs.
Dale Thomas top scored with 32, Tim Bright
made 30 and Wayne Cocksedge hit 30.
Nerrena were untroubled by Inverloch, bowl-
ing out the Stingrays for 99 in reply to 203 at
Darren Checkley top scored with 42 includ-
ing four fours and three sixes but had little sup-
Michael Collins was the pick of the Red Caps’
bowlers with 4/19 off 10.5 overs including three
Nerrena batted again and reached 1/36 off 10
OMK got the job done against Leongatha
Town at Korumburra Secondary College.
The Diggers resumed at 2/53 chasing 108
and passed the total with five wickets in hand.
They were eventually bowled out for 140 in
the 50th over, led by David Jeffries with 40.
John Pouw was the best of the Town bowlers
with 3/54 off 17 overs.
C1 results: MDU 7/161 (D Thomas 32 W
Cocksedge 30 T Bright 30 L Cocksedge 28* P
Francis 4/11 A Tolley 2/26) def by Phillip Is-
land 8/250 (M Parsons 59 C Epifano 53 C An-
drews 44* MP Fletcher 25* J Brown 4/106)
Nerrena 9/203 (MA Collins 41 C Marinou
41 J Belli 2/28 NJ Bradley 2/41) and 1/36
def Inverloch 99 (DR Charkley 42 MA Collins
4/19 D Grigg 2/16 M Waltom 2/21) at Leon-
Club 5/147 (J Brann 61* J Sheerin 38) def
Korumburra 7/138 (P Churchill 57* M Dob-
bie 2/20 M Cadwallender 2/41) at McMahon
OMK 140 (D Jeffries 40 M Gow 26 J Pouw
3/54 D Hume 2/19 R Edwards 2/24) def Town
108 (D Wylie 3/20 A Busana 3/28).
• C Grade Division 2
A MAIDEN century from Koonwarra-Leon-
gatha RSL’s Alex Stanley saw the Cougars win
a close contest against Glen Alvie in C Grade
Division 2 at Mary MacKillop College.
Chasing 225 for victory, Stanley and Jack
Stockdale shared a 56-run partnership for the
second wicket to take the score to 2/94.
Stockdale departed for 28 including five fours
and Stanley built another 73-run partnership
with Shane Moore (36).
He passed his hundred and was bowled for
101 which included eight fours.
With the score at 6/216, Mitchell Scrimshaw
finished the job with 19 runs.
Darcy Hale was the best of the Glen Alvie
bowlers with 3/59 off 15 overs.
Korumburra held on for a thrilling three-run
win against Poowong-Loch at Loch.
Chasing 144 for victory, the home side looked
in control with Neil Hancock at the crease.
But with little support around him, he even-
tually fell when he was bowled by Glen Barrett
Poowong-Loch ultimately fell short by four
runs at the end of 60 overs, reaching 9/140.
Robert Francis bowled well for the Cobras
with 3/18 off six overs and Darren Telfer picked
up 2/32 off 21 overs.
Don Wylie led OMK to a big win over Wont-
haggi Club at Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The Diggers resumed at 0/40 chasing 146,
with Wylie hitting 75 before retiring.
Sam Matthews also batted well with 55 as the
Diggers reached 248.
Kaidyn Dudley bowled well with 3/34 off 10
Leongatha Town were no match for Kilcunda-
Bass’ 216 at Bass Recreation Reserve No. 2.
The Scorpions resumed at 1/20 after the
Sharks declared last week and were bundled
out for 109 in the 51st over.
Anthony Hanily top scored with 37 and Cam-
eron Dowling hit 23.
Pat De Rubeis was on song with 3/11 off 10
overs including five maidens for the Sharks.
Town batted again and reached 2/45 off nine
overs, led by Travis Strybosch with 25 not out.
C2 results: Kilcunda-Bass3/216 (dec) (J
Reilly 91* D Mock 54* G Burchell 48 C Dowl-
ing 2/24) def Town 109 (A Hanily 37 P De
Rubeis 3/11 R Duff 2/3 A Blackney 2/13) and
2/45 (T Strybosch 25* R Duff 2/12) at Bass
Recreation Reserve No. 2.
Poowong-Loch 9/140 (N Hancock 57 R
Francis 3/18 D Telfer 2/32) def by Korum-
burra 9/143 (D Kemp 43 S Hall 26 S McK-
innon 4/20 N Hancock 3/30) at Loch Recre-
Koonwarra L/RSL 8/237 (A Stanley 101 S
Moore 36 J Stockdale 28 D Hale 3/59 J New-
some 2/32) def Glen Alvie 7/224 (DJ Hynes
57 J Newsome 44 D Hale 43 C Buckland 4/41
J Geary 2/58) at Mary MacKillop College.
Wonthaggi Club 146 (K Dutchman 33 F
Brosnan 29 G Lomagno 3/31 M Whiteside
3/35 S Matthews 2/40) def by OMK 248 (D
Wylie 75 S Matthews 55 M Whiteside 28 K
Dudley 3/34) at Wonthaggi Secondary Col-
Phillip Island – BYE.
Stanley century lifts Cougars
Club to victory
Ryan Thomas held up an end, in a last-wicket stand of 38, but it was just staving off the
inevitable for Inverloch after an impressive display in the field by Town’s A1 team on the
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THE Wonthaggi Coasters un-
der 16 Girl’s final tournament
for the year was the penulti-
mate challenge – the Victorian
Country Championships held at
The first game was against
Portland and after the long drive
the night before, you would have
thought maybe a few cobwebs
needed blowing out, but the
girls bounced out of the blocks
early and proceeded to domi-
nate their opponents.
They were in front 23-11 at
half time and never let Portland
back into the game, whilst get-
ting valuable court time into the
The final score was 41-17 in
an ideal warm-up for the tough
games to follow.
The next game was against
Wodonga and the girls came out
flat and were really struggling
against a physically stronger
It was a real battle and it took
a while to gain the ascendancy.
As soon as it looked like the
Coasters were in control, the
dogged Wodonga would bounce
Three-quarter time scores
were Wonthaggi 22-18 and the
game was up for grabs.
The final quarter was a heart
stopping affair with the Coast-
ers sneaking over the line with a
one-point victory 26-25.
It was a mighty scare and
their next game was against the
might of Ballarat.
Ballarat is a city of over
100,000 people and unlimited
resources, with a side in cham-
pionship grade in the VJBL.
The side had everything go-
ing for them against Wonthaggi
with population of 6500 and no
proper stadium, and on paper it
seemed a mismatch.
At three-quarter time the
Coasters were still down 17-13
with an enormous task in front
All of a sudden the umpiring
decisions started going their
way and the gap was narrowing.
In another heart stopper, with
four seconds on the clock a shot
went up and in to win a crucial
game, Wonthaggi 26-24.
With all the preliminary games
over, Wonthaggi were placed in
Division 1 in the quarter-final
against Bellarine Peninsula.
After a good night’s sleep, the
girls came out firing and quickly
gained the ascendancy.
It was probably their best per-
formance so far of the tourna-
ment, as they dominated to run
out comfortable winners 34-17.
Now for a semi-final against
long-time rival Traralgon.
In the past year Traralgon
have won the majority of games,
always in close, hard-fought
As all with previous games,
Coasters had a slow start but
managed to peg back the lead
to be down by three points at
Tired legs and fatigue played
a factor and mistakes where
aplenty as the game went on.
Coasters managed to steady
and defended like their lives
depended on it, and were re-
warded with a couple of steals
and some fast passing to get a
couple of quick scores on the
This gave them a lead which
Traralgon had to try and chip
With nerves of steel, Coasters
came away with a nine-point
win, the biggest margin in the
last three years of playing each
To say the Coasters were play-
ing Goliath was an understate-
Bendigo has a population of
over 115,000 people, a basket-
ball program for elite athletes
and facilities that are to die for.
Coasters started the game
with good intentions but where
shown up by a class act.
At quarter time they were
down by 10 points and some-
thing had to change to get into
The coach’s instructions were
to drive into the paint and try
and draw a foul.
Goals started dropping and
the margin was reduced to
eight points by half time.
Bendigo came out with unbe-
lievable accuracy and relentless
pressure in defence.
It’s hard to find energy in
tired legs and when shots aren’t
dropping it can be demoralis-
ing, but the girls weren’t giving
up, down by 15 points at three-
With eight minutes of hard
work left, Wonthaggi had to
pull out everything they had to
try and reduce the margin and
show Bendigo what they can
A fired-up Coasters ended
the last quarter with finals en-
ergy that was missing in the
Defence picked up, control
of the ball improved and balls
started to drop.
With nothing to lose, the
Coasters drove to the ring, cre-
ated turn overs and stopped a
dominant team’s run on.
Unfortunately it was all to
no avail as Bendigo proved too
Although the girls went down
in the grand final by 15 points,
their achievement to make a
grand final in Division 1 against
quality opposition is a credit to
themselves and their coach.
Years of playing for the Coast-
ers together has made them
inspiring young basketballers
that represent Wonthaggi Ama-
teur Basketball Association
at the highest level in Country
A huge thank you to coach
Alana McRae for her time and
effort training and coaching
Also thank you to Hannah
McRae for assisting Alana
over the weekend while Alana
played in the Championships.
Team manager Diana Thom-
as kept the girls in line and as
always, kept everyone enter-
The Wonthaggi Coasters under 16s Girls finished runner-up in the Victorian Country
Championships at Shepparton recently. The team was, Alana McRae (coach), Zali Anderson,
Grace McRae, Gemma Thomas, Lanni Pryor, Chelsea Bowman, Sophia Hughes, Chloe Bram-
ley, Jessy Sadler and Ella Sadler.
Coasters girls second
best in Country Victoria
THE Wonthaggi Amateur
Basketball Association (WABA)
is asking the community for
help paying for court hire fees
for the next basketball season.
A fundraising evening will be
held at the Caledonian Hotel on
Saturday, March 18.
With auctioned prizes, a cour-
tesy bus available for patrons,
and great food and live music,
the WABA hopes to raise as
much money as possible.
Pat Moutafis from the WABA
said that any funds “will just
help to take the pressure off
financially” as the association
has to hire various venues
across town to accommodate
matches and training sessions.
In a council meeting on
Wednesday, February 15, the
Bass Coast Shire Council voted
against applying for govern-
ment funding to construct a
highball facility in Wonthaggi.
The decision was met with
much anger from the commu-
nity, in particular from the bas-
ketballers of the town.
“It was a missed opportuni-
ty,” Pat said.
“Our kids are often compet-
ing against teams that get to
train several times a week.
Sometimes we’re lucky if a
team can train once a week.”
Pat said that a specialty facil-
ity for Wonthaggi would be a
real coup for the township and
for young basketballers shire-
“It would mean that we could
get our kids up to a higher
standard,” Pat said.
“It is a missed opportunity,
and there could be so much
money brought into the town.”
Until such a facility is con-
structed in the region, the
WABA will be focusing on local
fundraising efforts to ensure
that their young players will
have the best shot at training
and competing against other
The WABA will be hosting a
fundraising evening from 7pm
on Saturday, March 18 at the
Tickets are $90 per head.
For more information or to
purchase tickets, contact the
Caledonian Hotel on 5672
1002, or contact Pat on 0422
Raising funds to help young basketballers
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